Gorlin's Syndromes of the Head and Neck, 5th Edition

ISBN: 9780195307900
ISBN-10: 0195307909
Copyright: 2010
Edition: 5th
Editors: Hennekam, Raoul C. M., Krantz, Ian D., Allanson, Judith E.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 100
Reviewer: Luis Escobar,  MD., MS.  (Peyton Manning Children's Hospital)
This is the fifth edition of a masterful collection of information on dysmorphologic conditions. Originally intended by Dr. Robert Gorlin for the world of oral pathology, the scope of this book has now extended to the fields of general dysmorphology and clinical genetics and is written by a unique group of editors and contributors whose passion to continue Dr. Gorlin's work is evident. With more than 1,500 entries, this is an extremely well-planned update and revision of the 2001 edition. This is a must-have book for all professionals involved in the diagnosis and management of patients with dysmorphologic conditions.
The original goals of the first edition are still valid. This edition honors the vision and contribution of Dr. Robert Gorlin and demonstrates the value of phenotype analysis in the understanding of the etiology, natural history, and expression of genetic disorders. The three editors provide a vast review of the world of syndromology in a carefully edited book that provides detailed information for the daily practice of medical genetics.
A book of this magnitude has no limits. It is useful to all medical care providers as a consultation tool, to dysmorphologists in search of detailed information about specific syndromes, to craniofacial anomalies teams to understand the natural history and etiology of genetic disorders, and to plastic surgeons, oral pathologists, maxillofacial surgeons, physicians in training, medical genetics residents, and genetic counselors, among others. The editors and authors are a unique group of individuals in the field of dysmorphology with a high degree of skills and substantial credibility in medical genetics.
The title is self-explanatory and provides an idea of the fundamental content of the first four editions. For this fifth edition, the authors carefully reviewed each entry to include new headings such as clinical history, gene base information to the etiology of each disorder, chromosomal localization, and description of gene function. In addition, new entries cover syndromes in which clinical findings occur in other parts of the body beside the head and neck. In particular, there is a well-written section on skeletal dysplasias. Each entry is well illustrated by clinical photographs, which represent one of the most important features of the book.
I have to agree with Dr. John Opitz, who in the foreword to the fourth edition (2001), noted: "Gorlin's Syndromes of the Head and Neck is known throughout the world, it has become the most useful book in clinical genetics, rivaled perhaps only by McKusick's OMIM". This book is an indispensable tool for modern dysmorphologists and is based on the vision and wonderful mind of Bob Gorlin. Congratulations to the editors of this edition for a job well done.
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